Below are breif descriptions of some events on the current program:  

Wednesday 14 October.
Walk: Woodlands Homestead - Greenvale Circuit. 12 km. Easy. Leader – Ron P.
This walk is a Plan B walk in case the Seniors Week Special cannot go ahead due to Government Restrictions in place at the time.   The walk will wander along Moonee Ponds Creek to the Somerton Road Picnic area for morning tea (toilets). From there, the walk proceeds through the Historic Park to cross Providence Road and make our way to Greenvale Reserve for lunch.  After lunch, we make our way back to the Homestead via the northwest corner of the Back Paddock.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Thursday 15 October.
Seniors Week Special – Bellarine Peninsula. Short Walk Easy. Leader – Ron P.
Due to the current coronavirus (COVID – 19) restrictions, it is doubtful that this event will take place. The annual celebration of senior Victorians has been transformed, with the month long Festival turned into a six month virtual party.  
What this means as far as this event is concerned is that if current restrictions are still in place, there may not be any midweek ferries operating between Docklands and Portarlington or Geelong and train/bus services may still not be recommended for group travel. More importantly, the social distancing restrictions may still be in use. Even more importantly, there may not be the usual free travel for Seniors during that particular week – the whole idea behind this day out.
If the situation changes, more information will be given out to members. If the event cannot go ahead, then see Plan B for an alternative walk organized for the day before.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Sunday, 18th October 2020
Walk: Alphington – Darebin Parklands, 10 km, EASY.  Leader: Marek T.
The Walk: This is a circuit walk through suburban streets, along foot tracks on the Yarra banks and the major bike trails. We walk from the station to Alphington Park, descend to the wetlands along the Yarra Banks and see the Alphington swimming pool then follow a track to the Old Chandler Bridge we then follow the main Yarra Bike track passing Willsmere Billabong, walk to Sparkes Reserv where we will divert back to suburban streets back through Alphington to Darebin Wetlands and have lunch at Darebin Parklands and after lunch walk around the parklands then back to the cars. Coffee at café if not busy
Bring: Raincoat, hat usual walking gear,, lunch, camera, boots ,walking pole, hand sanitizer, thermos for afternoon tea
Alphington swimming pool – situated at the south end of Alphington Park by the Yarra River - was a popular community recreation spot from the 1920’s to the 1960’s.Prior to the 1900’s, swimming in the Yarra River was considered indecent and declared illegal due to the high levels of pollution; penalties were administered to members of the community who chose to defy the prohibition. By the 1920’s people began to use the river for recreational purposes – mainly rowing and swimming -and many swimming clubs and river side ‘basins’ were established Around 1920 the Alphington swimming club was formed and it was agreed that a pool should be built. A local contractor, named Mr J Bennet, was hired to scoop out the side of the river bank in the shape of a semicircular basin. Large rocks were transported to the site – with much difficulty by local volunteers - to terrace the floor of the pool, which was then reinforced with concrete and bricks. By 1924, after two and a half years, the Alphington Swimming Pool was completed. One of the residents at the time remembered that on “the last day there was a cheer. Those men said they would leave Alphington a little better than they found it”
Later, a second smaller basin was built with two diving boards - one ten foot and the other three – and a timber platform erected on the other side of the river. A 23-meter-long open-ended barrier was built around the basin – initially iron pipe and later timber – which children were required to swim along to gain their swimming certificates. An ex-swim student recalled that “our greatest thrill…was swimming across the river – you thought you were great if you did that”.
Boys used a rope on the far side of the river and a large dead gum tree to dive and swing into the water.
Eventually lights where installed to allow night swimming and many local families took advantage of this by having picnic dinners on summer nights.
After the Second World War, with the increased mobility that motor cars brought, less people used the pool. Due to rising river pollution caused by urban development and population growth in inner Melbourne, swimming in the Yarra River was banned and all of the riverside public pools closed. Abandoned, the basin filled with silt and the dressing sheds fell into disrepair and finally had to be demolished.
Contact Marek as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Wednesday, 28th October 2020.
Walk: Yan Yean Circuit. 14kms, Easy: Leader: Hilary M.
Second time lucky we hope last year, when we were walking around Mernda , part of our route was along the Yan Yean pipeline, someone asked if it was possible to walk the other way up to Yan Yean. Yes it is. If the weather is pleasant , the 14km route will be along the waterways and reserves of the Doreen area and returning on the 5km straight stretch back to Mernda St. It,s all easy going with just a little stretch of the legs for Ruthden hill for morning tea. A later lunch will be at the Yan Yean reservoir. Energetic people might want to walk a little further over the wall and up to the lookout area.
Contact Hilary as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 31st October 2020.
Walk: Melton Circuit, 12 km, Easy. Leader: Ron P. 
The walk starts at the Hannah Watts Park in Melton (toilets), and takes in the parks and waterways of Melton, including Toolern Creek to Barries Road, west to Arnolds Creek East Branch and Maud Jan – See Chin Reserve. This takes us to Noran Park (toilets), and after a short break, the walk continues on to the Underground Water Pipeline in Kurunjang, to cross Coburns Road and seek adventure along the Welkin Trail to arrive at Blind Creek where we take a right turn to head south back towards the start area.
Before arriving back at Hannah Watts Park we will make a short detour past the High Street shopping area to make our way to “The Willows”, an Historic Homestead circa 1855 for those that may not have seen it before. The Homestead may not be open but the grounds usually are, and are worth a quick look around. It is then a final few hundred metres back to the cars (toilets).
The walk is nearly all on walking tracks – mainly concrete with grass verges, and is mainly flat. Walking poles will not be required.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Wednesday, 4th of November 2020.
Walk: Seymour Circuit. 10km, Easy.   Leader: Hilary M.
We have the choice of 2 walks but for either of the walks the meeting times are the same.  One walk could be the Lighthorse memorial park , a few kms out of town  and walk around some of the historical army areas in the bush  and then up to the very pleasant viewpoint over the surrounding hills . Alternatively , there is the Vietnam war memorial  and then on to the  river Goulburn walking trail  All day car parking at Bunnings Broadmeadows but it is a good 10 min walk to the railway station.  VLine fare BM to Seymour is approx. $6-7 return.
Contact Hilary as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 7 November 2020.  
Walk: Hovell Creek Trail.   13 km. Easy.   Leader – Ron P.
This is a repeat of the midweek walk in October 2019. We start walking at Corio Station, doing a circuit of the Shell Refinery to get to Corio Bay Foreshore. Along the way, we will pass or see Geelong Grammar School, Limeburners Bay Boat Harbour, Hovell Creek, th Saturday e You Yangs – in the distance, and the Princes Freeway. In Lara, we will visit the Kevin Hoffman Walk along the Hovell Creek, before making our way back to Lara Station for the train journey back to Melbourne.
The walk is mainly flat and on walking/cycle tracks, but boots are recommended.
Travel details/meeting places will be given nearer the walk date when any Coved – 19 Restrictions are known.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 14 November 2020 to Sunday, 15 November 2020.
Walk: Enfeild State Park and Mt Buninyong.  Leader: Darren M.
We will stay in Ballarat or Buninyong on the Saturday night to enable us to undertake two walks in the district.  On Saturday, we should enjoy a good display of spring wildflowers at Enfield State Park, when we undertake a 15km EM walk.  On Sunday, we will undertake a 10-12km EM walk from the township of Buninyong to Mt Buninyong to enjoy some wonderful views.  The dates are flexible and may be shifted to another weekend in October or November.
Contact Darren as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday 18 November.
Walk: Melton Circuit 2.   15 km.  Easy.   Leader – Ron P.
The walk starts at the Hannah Watts Park in Melton (toilets), and takes in the parks and waterways of Melton, including Toolern Creek to the Melton Railway Station, then Melton Reservoir/Werribee River where the train line viaduct crosses the water. From there the walk heads north to cross the Western Freeway to the Arthur Westlake Memorial Reserve and Lake (toilets), before turning north east towards Navan Park (toilets) for a lunch stop. Then the walk takes us in an easterly direction towards Little Blind Creek which we follow back to the finish at Hannah Watts Park (toilets).
The walk is mainly flat and on walking tracks or pathways. Walking poles shouldn’t be needed.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday, 2nd December 2020.
Walk: Hamilton Circuit.  8 kms, Easy. Leader: Hilary M.
Second time lucky!  Dont let your Seniors free rail pass go unused!  This is the opportunity to have a full day out with the compliments of V Line , to enjoy the countryside by rail and bus as well as an 8km walk around the town.
We take the train to Ballarat, then change to the Mt Gambier coach service and alight at Hamilton. With the 4hours   at our disposal, the plan is for a 4km walk around the lake , 3kms along the creek , 1km to the Botanical Gardens and with a little time to spare , walk along the main part of town before meeting the coach at the old railway st..
The coach arrives back at Ballarat with sufficient time for the essential caffeine fix from the railway refreshment rooms before boarding the train for the return to Melbourne.
It will be a long day but a good value day as we will cover about 500kms as well as our own 8km and it will be in Daylight Savings  so it will only just be getting dark when we are back in the city.  Remember that with the Seniors Free Rail pass, the coupons need to be converted to tickets in advance at any of the larger metropolitan railway stations.
Contact Hilary as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Tuesday, 8th December 2020
Title of Walk: Maroondah Dam, 12 kms (3-4 hours), Easy/Medium. Leader: Marek T.
Highlights  Maroondah Dam, Rose Garden, Lookout, Henderson Hill, Donnelly Weir
The Walk: We will walk to the top of the Reservoir Wall , then along track to the Aqueduct Track onto Donnelly’s Weir (lunch) after lunch we climb Hendersons Hill and follow this back to the car park .
Bring: Raincoat, hat usual walking gear, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, camera, boots ,walking pole, hand sanitizer, thermos for afternoon tea.
Contact Marek as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

About Essendon Bushwalking Club

The Club was formed in 1975, and is a major club servicing the Northern and Western suburbs.

The main theme of the club is to enjoy the great outdoors and through participation learn new skills and have FUN!